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Three More Charities To Benefit From Ring Of Kerry Cycle

Three More Charities To Benefit From Ring Of Kerry Cycle

May 12, 2015 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

THE Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee has announced three charities which were nominated as ‘2nd Tier Charities’ for the 2015 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. These charities will provide volunteers to assist in the running of the event. The charities which were announced last Friday are Talbot Grove, Home From […]

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Orlagh Winters: Inspiring Story Of A Man Who Beat The Bullies

Orlagh Winters: Inspiring Story Of A Man Who Beat The Bullies

May 12, 2015 at 10:15 am Comments are Disabled

ON Sunday night I watched The Late Late Show that I had Sky+ or as I still say “recorded” I had heard from lots of people that it was a good show and that the Kerry football legend Pat Spillane gave a great interview. Well that he did, and it was […]

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PHOTOS: More Style From The Kerry Rose Selection

PHOTOS: More Style From The Kerry Rose Selection

May 11, 2015 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a memorable night at the Kerry Rose selection on Saturday, as Julett Culloty from Kilcummin was named Kerry Rose 2015 (see previous stories here and here). We were are the Ballyroe Heights Hotel where well-wishers and supporters were looking very stylish. Scroll down for photos…  

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Tom Shanahan, Paudie Murphy and David Cotter at the start of the Fenit Lifeboat Cycle from O'Donnell's Mounthawk on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Cyclists Set Off In The Sun For Fenit Lifeboat Cycle

May 10, 2015 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

AROUND 85 participants set of on their bikes on Saturday morning to raise funds for a great cause. The Fenit Lifeboat Cycle was another success and after last year’s awful weather conditions, the gods smiled down on the cyclists this time as they set off in the sun from O’Donnell’s […]

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Jack Barrett who made his First Holy Communion at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Saturday morning, pictured with family, Adam, Gina, Paudie and Lauren. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Fine Weather For Listellick School First Holy Communion

May 10, 2015 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a beautiful morning on Saturday at Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church for a special occasion for families. Twenty-four pupils from Listellick NS made their First Holy Communion in a lovely ceremony for families, friends and their teachers, with pupils from the school providing the music for the occasion. Afterwards […]

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PHOTOS:  Glamour From The Kerry Rose Selection

PHOTOS: Glamour From The Kerry Rose Selection

May 10, 2015 at 11:13 am Comments are Disabled

THE Kerry Rose selection was a stylish affair last night, with Julett Culloty from Kilcummin chosen to represent Kerry in the Rose of Tralee this August. All the Rose contestants looked very glamorous at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on the night and we were there at the reception to capture the […]

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Roger Harty: Wise Old Sayings

Roger Harty: Wise Old Sayings

May 10, 2015 at 10:32 am Comments are Disabled

  I LOVE to examine wise old sayings and proverbs, especially to discover their origin. They can give a great insight into life as it was in years gone by and how people reacted to the world they lived in and how they saw it. An example of this is the saying […]

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And The New Kerry Rose Is…Julett Culloty

And The New Kerry Rose Is…Julett Culloty

May 10, 2015 at 12:21 am Comments are Disabled

  THE new Kerry Rose is Julett Culloty from Kilcummin. Julett was delighted and shocked to hear her name called out by host Dáithí Ó Sé on Saturday night in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Hundreds packed the venue where Dáithí interviewed all the contestants who all gave stellar performances on […]

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at the Kerry Badminton Annual Social at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Kerry Badminton Clubs Gather For Annual Social

May 9, 2015 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

THERE was a large gathering at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday night for the annual Kerry Badminton Association Social. Around 150 members from the nine clubs around Kerry were there to mark another successful year for the association and enjoy a night out, with a four course meal and entertainment. Continued below… Junior […]

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Out To Lunch: Make A Dash To The Ashe

Out To Lunch: Make A Dash To The Ashe

May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Gastro Bar And Restaurant The Ashe Hotel SO we’re back with our lunch reviews. After running out of places to review a couple of months ago, suddenly we have had The Ashe Hotel, Benners Hotel and Coffee Start on The Mall open recently, giving us somewhere new to go. I […]

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RTE’s Mary Kennedy launches Sunflower Days 2015 (to take place on June 5th and 6th 2015) 

Hospice “SUNFLOWER HEROES” honoured for outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland 

Hospice movement appeals to the public to donate and volunteer  

Fourteen dedicated local volunteers were honoured at a special ceremony in The Mansion House in Dublin today (Thursday May 7th) for their outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland. 

RTE’s Mary Kennedy made a special presentation to local “Sunflower Heroes” who give tirelessly of their time to bring vital hospice services to communities all over the country. 

Ms Kennedy also announced details of national Hospice Sunflower Days, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th.  This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the hospice movement in Ireland and it is hoped that €1 million will be raised. 

The event is coordinated on behalf of the hospice movement by the Irish Hospice Foundation and all of the funds raised locally, stay locally. People are being encouraged to support their local hospice service on June 5th and 6th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.  

Amongst the “Sunflower Heroes” honoured were: ·         

Mother and daughter, Debby and Chloe MacNamara, both volunteers with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Dublin. Debby got involved in the hospice in 2009 after her husband Gerry died in the Extended Care Unit of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.  Debby is also a keen gardener and helped Our Lady’s Hospice bring a new garden to the Bloom Festival. She also helps maintain the garden of the hospice itself.·         

Nora Gahan, St Francis Hospice volunteer, who was nominated for her dedication to raising funds for the St Francis Hospice since 1989. Nora began working with the hospice as she wanted to help in her local community. Her sister also passed away under hospice care and Nora continued her fundraising efforts in her memory.·         

Poet and artist Olive Murray-Power, a longstanding supporter of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, who has used her talents to create a book of her paintings and poems, with all proceeds in aid of her local hospice. Olive’s first husband Martin passed away from cancer so hospice is a cause very close to her heart. 

A recent national survey commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation revealed that 75 per cent of Irish people want to die at home – however only 25 per cent will get to do so partly due to lack of services. 

Launching Hospice Sunflower Days Mary Kennedy commented: “There is probably not a family in Ireland that has not been touched by the amazing work carried out by hospice services across the country. The care and support afforded to families in need, at a very difficult time, is so important and I am encouraging members of the public to show their support for Sunflower Days once again this year. By simply buying a pin you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.” 

She added: “It is so inspiring to meet the “Sunflower Heroes” and the dedicated volunteers from all over the country who do so much to secure hospice services locally. Without them there are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder. They are all heroes in the true sense and need to be acknowledged. I am honoured to be here with them today.”  

For more information, please contact:     Mary Ellen Breen Maryellen.breen@hospicefoundation.ie or 083 425 7674.

Pictured - Sunflower Hero Kay Woods and Ted Moynihan, Chairperson of Kerry Hospice Foundation, with Mary Kennedy

Kerry Hospice Volunteer Honoured With Sunflower Hero Award

May 9, 2015 at 8:56 am Comments are Disabled

  A KERRY Hospice Foundation volunteer has been named as a Sunflower Hero for outstanding contribution to hospice care. Kay (Kathleen) Woods, received the honour at an event in Dublin on Thursday to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June. The award was presented to the Killorglin woman by the well-known RTE […]

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Parking Fees At KGH Net Nearly €700,000

Parking Fees At KGH Net Nearly €700,000

May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm 1 comment

  KERRY General Hospital collected €697,000 in car park charges in 2014. The figure was revealed at the HSE South Regional Health Forum meeting. It was also revealed that in the first three months of this year the KGH car park has netted €186,000. Much of the revenue that comes from the […]

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Baby Market

Baby Market This Sunday To Raise Funds For UNICEF Nepal Appeal

May 7, 2015 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

AN event in the Fels Point Hotel will raise funds for the Unicef Nepal Children’s Appeal this Sunday ‘The Baby Market’ returns to the hotel between 12 and 2.30pm with entry for the event at €3, all proceeds from the door going to the appeal. Over 15 private stall holders will be selling […]

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At the photo-call to announce details of the forthcoming annual two day Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 31st of May and Monday 1st of June were (from left) organiser of Ladies Day, Eilish Stack, with Listowel based models Brenda Heffernan and Shauna Lynch.  This year, Ladies Day will be judged by top Irish stylist and TV personality, Marietta Doran and Kerry Football Star, Shane Enright and there is a total prize fund of €5,000 sponsored by Listowel town businesses and publicans. Admission is €15.00, OAP / Students: €7 and children under 16 are free. Generous group, corporate, sports clubs and pre booking discounts also available. For more information, visit www.listowelraces.ie

Prize Fund Of €5,000 For Listowel Races Ladies Day

May 7, 2015 at 10:15 am Comments are Disabled

  THE Listowel Races are back this June and ladies are set to turn on the style with a €5,000 prize fund up for grabs. Details were announced this week of the forthcoming annual two day Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting which will be held at the scenic race […]

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Sixteen Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At Kerry General Hospital

Sixteen Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At Kerry General Hospital

May 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm Comments are Disabled

  THERE were 16 patients waiting on trolleys at Kerry General Hospital today according to INMO ‘Trolley Watch’ figures released this morning. It’s up on the 12 patients who were waiting on trolleys yesterday, while nationally today there are 465 patients waiting on trolleys in hospital around the country. The news comes […]

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Zoe O’Connor: “We Are Treated Like Children, But Expected To Act Like Adults”

Zoe O’Connor: “We Are Treated Like Children, But Expected To Act Like Adults”

May 6, 2015 at 10:15 am Comments are Disabled

  I KNOW that I am only half way through my schooling years, but I would like to believe that I have learned a lot. When I say this, I am not referring to all the maths equations that I have learned to solve (or not learned to solve as the […]

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At the Rotary Club, 'Run Kingdom Run' event were, from left: Denise and Brian Fleming, Jay and Fergal Dooley. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: Over 100 Take Part In Rotary Club Charity Run

May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm Comments are Disabled

JUST over 100 participants hit the streets on May bank holiday Monday to take part in the Rotary Club’s, 10k ‘Run Kingdom Run’ event. All proceeds from the event went to the Live Life Foundation. This is the second year the Rotary Club has organised this event. Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma, […]

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Orlagh Winters: Indifference To Mayweather’s Domestic Abuse Is Wrong

Orlagh Winters: Indifference To Mayweather’s Domestic Abuse Is Wrong

May 5, 2015 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled

IN the early hours of Sunday morning last, millions of people paid money to watch a boxing match between two guys in Las Vegas. The two, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could not be more different. Pacquiao a charitable man who donates a lot of money to his impoverished country […]

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Mary O’Donnell: My London Trip For Eucerin

Mary O’Donnell: My London Trip For Eucerin

May 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm Comments are Disabled

MY first week away from TV land and I was glad I was heading to London for Eucerin. It was a big change not putting my slot together and the nerves of appearing on live TV and when it all stopped it was a mixture of relief and missing it […]

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Clare Foran, Amy McLoughlin, Kayleigh Muntzer and Sarah Griffin at the opening night of Quarters Nightclub on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: More From Quarters Opening Night

May 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm Comments are Disabled

TRALEE’S newest nightclub opened its doors on Saturday night and the place was packed. We were in Quarters to capture the atmosphere as people flocked to the venue in Godfrey Place for a look. Scroll down for photos…

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Denise McKenzie, Michelle Quinlan, Aoife McDonnell and Jennifer Conway  at the opening night of Quarters Nightclub on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Party People Pack Quarters On Opening Night

May 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm Comments are Disabled

A CAPACITY crowd rocked the opening night of Quarters Nightclub at Godfrey Place on Saturday. After much anticipation over the past few weeks, the doors opened at 9pm where Q14 played a gig in Quarters Live. At 11pm the large queue of people lining up were allowed in to get […]

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Paul Galvin Is The Head Off This 19th Century Russian Writer

Paul Galvin Is The Head Off This 19th Century Russian Writer

May 3, 2015 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

  SO you think Paul Galvin grew that beard because he’s a slave to hipster fashion, eh? And his decision to write a book was an off-the-cuff desire to tell the real story behind the enigmatic Lixnaw character? Well thanks to a photo posted on Facebook by a friend of TraleeToday.ie, […]

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Roger Harty: The Benefits Of Technology

Roger Harty: The Benefits Of Technology

May 3, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

  It almost goes without saying to talk about the benefits that changes in technology have brought to our lives. I suppose we could go back in history and firstly look at the invention of the wheel, then perhaps the industrial revolution and then the introduction of ‘mass production’ by […]

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Teen Summer Beauty Camps Return To CH

Teen Summer Beauty Camps Return To CH

May 2, 2015 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

CH TRALEE has announced that their Teen Summer Beauty Camp are back! Now an annual event, the CH Teen Summer Beauty Camp is tailored towards teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years of age who would love to know more about beauty. They can learn everything they ever wanted to know […]

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The Abbey Inn To Hold A ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ BBQ

The Abbey Inn To Hold A ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ BBQ

May 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm Comments are Disabled

  ONE LOCAL bar will be doing its bit for mental health this weekend when they host a special BBQ for the Cycle Against Suicide campaign this Sunday May 3. The Abbey Inn will be holding its ‘Big Orange BBQ’ in aid of the the campaign and it is encouraged […]

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At the It Tralee SipITT Fun Triatholon were, from left: Monika Ceran, Ibana McSweeney, Ger Daly, Catriona O'Dwyer and Kate Feeney. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: ITT Takes On Dangerous Drinking With Fun Triathlon

May 1, 2015 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

TEAMS of students and staff from IT Tralee participated in the SipITT fun triathlon on Wednesday evening. The event consisted of a 5km run, a 10km cycle and a 500m swim. Over a hundred students and staff participated or volunteered as marshals on the night. The winning team consisted of Trevor Dunne […]

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at the Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí Transition Year Students Fashion Show at the Ashe Hotel on Wednesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Gaelcholáiste Students Strut Their Stuff At The Ashe Hotel

May 1, 2015 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

TRANSITION Year students from Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai strutted their stuff in the newly opened Ashe Hotel on Wednesday night, to raise funds for their annual trip to Fenit for their foundation course in sailing. This was the 13th year of the fashion show and the students wore clothes from local retailers in front of around […]

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'Chefs' Kieran Donaghy and Barry John Keane in the kitchen at 'The Restaurant' fundraiser in Kirby's Brogue Inn on Wednesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Star Gets The Blues As Barry John Wins ‘The Restaurant’

April 30, 2015 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

  KERINS O’Rahilly’s got one over on their great rivals from The Rock on Wednesday night…but not on the football field. Barry John Keane and Kieran Donaghy were the celebrity chefs cooking up the goods in the kitchen of Kirby’s Brogue Inn for ‘The Restaurant’ fundraiser in aid of Pieta […]

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Zoe’s World: Everyone Should Be Entitled To Equality

Zoe’s World: Everyone Should Be Entitled To Equality

April 30, 2015 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

AS I am sure you are aware, the gay marriage referendum is coming up on May 22 and even though I can’t vote, I wanted to give you my opinion on why I would vote Yes. Growing up, I have always believed that we lived in an equal society. Of course, […]

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Orlagh Winters: The Importance Of Using Your Vote

Orlagh Winters: The Importance Of Using Your Vote

April 28, 2015 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

SO where will you be on May 22? The answer to that question by each and every one of us should be, at the voting booth to vote in the referendum. I make no secret of the fact that I will be voting Yes and indeed I have written about […]

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